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How does LVC view its Greek life? 

Nick Thrailkill '14 

La Vie Staff Writer 

When you hear the name of a 
fraternity or sorority, do you think, 
"Oh, like Animal House/' "It's 
just full of party boys/' "Isn't that 
where they do hazing?" Do these 
opinions accurately reflect LVC's 
fraternities and sororities? Accord- 
ing to Devan Glenny '14 and Adam 
Gardiner '13 of TKE, Kathryn La- 
Chance '14 of APO, Stephanie 
Hostetter '13 of AST, Chaplain 
Fullmer, and Area Coordinator 
Leah Leddy, these opinions do not 
account for the great amount of 
community service or the personal 
benefits that come from being a 
brother or sister at LVC. 

Why does a negative view of 
Greek Life persist, not only at LVC 
but also at colleges around the na- 
tion? Gardiner, a TKE brother, 
says that this view arises from a 
lack of education about Greek or- 
ganizations on campus. Glenny, 
another TKE brother, states that 
the image of brothers as party 

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NOT LIKE THE MOVIES North College is home to many members of the various 
Greek organizations on LVC's campus. However, many of the members of these groups 
fear that the media is manipulating campus opinion and giving the term "Greek" a 
negative connotation. 

LVC community celebrates holidays and religions 

Jocelyn Davis '15 

La Vie Staff Writer 

"Winter holidays affirm faith in 
the midst of despair and discour- 
agement in very powerful ways. As 
trees shed their leaves, as animals 
hide away, as darkness increases, 
winter traditions declare in faith 
that life will triumph over apparent 
death," says Chaplain Paul Fullmer. 

LVC celebrates more than just 
Christmas during the holiday sea- 
son. Students who celebrate Hin- 
du traditions recently celebrated 
Diwali at the invitation of a family 


in Lebanon. The students of Free- 
dom Rings held a vigil for World 
AIDS Day, an annual commemora- 
tion held each December 1. A Yule 
ritual for students with interest in 
Paganism will be held on Friday, 
December 16 at 7 p.m. For the past 
several years, students with a Jew- 
ish background have distributed 
dreidels and gelt in celebration of 
Hanukkah during the first week 
of December. However, students 
have not indicated an interest in 
repeating that this year. Jewish stu- 
dents who want to share their tradi- 
tions with the campus community 

are encouraged to contact Chap- 
lain Fullmer (fullmer(a) 

"There are a number of rea- 
sons that a variety of religions and 
cultures should be represented in 
celebrations during the holiday 
season," says senior Christa Levko. 
"On a college campus, or other 
place where there are numerous in- 
dividuals present, diverse interfaith 
or intercultural events can reach 
out to students who may feel alien- 
ated during the holiday season." 

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December 7, 2011 


College revises 
harassment policy 

Kammi Trout' 13 

La Vie Staff Writer 

After the Penn State sexual ha- 
rassment scandal that came to light 
in November, Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege President, Stephen MacDon- 
ald put forth a new harassment 
policy for Lebanon Valley. 

In an e-mail administered to 
staff and faculty, MacDonald states, 
"In light of recent events at Penn 
State, we all need to be clear about 
what we should do if we have sus- 
picions of sexual abuse or if we 
witness or have direct knowledge 
about an incident of sexual abuse 
at LVC." 

MacDonald defines sexual mis- 
conduct as "unwanted sexual ac- 
tions or acts without the consent of 
both parties." It is also clarifies that 
if the "victim of sexual misconduct 
is a minor or some other person 
unable to give consent, it is called 
sexual abuse." 

MacDonald urges anyone who 
has suspicion of any incident in- 
volving sexual abuse at LVC, they 
should immediately report it. Staff 
and faculty are encouraged to re- 
port it to their supervisor or de- 
partment chair. 

Anyone who receives report of 
such abuse at LVC is to immedi- 
ately report it to LVC Public Safety 
(717-867-6111), Student Affairs 
(717-867-6233), or Human Re- 
sources (717-867-6415) 

All reports will be handled upon 
notice and with the greatest confi- 
dentiality possible. 

Anyone who witnesses or has 
direct knowledge of of an incident 

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Student Government Updates 12.05.1 1 

Nick Thrailkill '14 

La Vie Staff Writer 

On December 5th, Student 
Government convened for its four- 
teenth and final meeting of the 
semester to hear a budget request 
from the Men s Volleyball Club and 
to discuss the SG website, student 
parkings the crosswalk between 
Lynch and Mund, issues with ac- 
cessibility in the Chapel, concerns 
about contacting Public Safety and 
Winter Formal. 

The treasurer of the Mens Vol- 
leyball Club appeared before SG to 
request an additional $300 to cover 
club expenses. SG members unani- 
mously voted to grant the club an 
additional $300. 

The SG website is scheduled to 
be up and running by this Friday. 

Students can access the SG website 
by going to the Student Activities 
page and clicking on the SG link in 
the sidebar. 

Vice-President of Student Af- 
fairs Greg Krikorian will be send- 
ing out a student satisfactory sur- 
vey sometime in February. 

SG members discussed painting 
the crosswalk between Lynch and 
Mund to improve its visibility and 
increase student safety. SG presi- 
dent Ryan Humphries reminded 
SG that he has brought up this is- 
sue during the campus safety tour 
taken on the night of November 
1st, and Director of Public Safety 
Brent Oberholtzer is currently ad- 
dressing this issue. 

Facilities Chair Roberto Valdes 
raised the issue that the elevator 
in the Chapel was not functioning 

properly during Christmas at the 
Valley hindering some persons 
with handicaps from moving eas- 
ily around the Chapel. Valdes will 
raise this issue with Facilities. 

Responding to student con- 
cerns about contacting Public Safe- 
ty during their nightly patrol hours, 
Oberholtzer is planning to install 
an emergency box outside the Pub- 
lic Safety office. 

Class of f 14 President Roberto 
Valdes commended the sopho- 
more SG members and attendees 
for a successful Winter Formal. In 
particular, Valdes said that he was 
happy that all the seats were filled, 
students were dancing until 1 1 and 
beyond, and there were no major 
disturbances that night. 



LVC students go undercover on Twitter 

Anonymous Twitter feeds provide humor, gossip 

Allison McGinniss'13 

La Vie Staff Writer 

Twitter is the rapidly growing, 
social media site that allows you 
to "follow" your fellow "Tweet- 
ers." You are able to Tweet at oth- 
ers or simply write about what- 
ever you wish. At T, students are 
finding themselves following un- 
known Twitter names. 

Names like (a)LVCgirlprob- 
lems, (S)LVCguyproblems, and 

The names give little to no 
hint as to who is actually Tweet- 
ing. We can assume that its a girl 
updating (a)LVCgirlproblems 
and a guy for (a)LVCguyprob- 
lems. But other than that, stu- 
dents don t know who the person 
behind the Tweet is. 

(S)LVCgirlproblems and (a) 
LVCguyproblems attempt to 
Tweet about problems that the 
appropriate gender encounters 
at LVC. They are meant to be 
funny, but most likely true, (a) 
rumors_edu_lvc lays out some 
funny rumors and always adds an 
anonymous "quote of the day." 

What makes these students go 
undercover in order to Tweet? 
Maybe they are just trying to be 
funny. Because it is anonymous, 
it may be an outlet to say what- 
ever is on their mind without be- 
ing judged. Maybe it is because 
Twitter allows you to have a full 

profile with a fake name. Who 
knows why? But the Tweets are 
entertaining enough to gain fol- 
lowers all around campus. 

Why do LVC students choose 
to follow these unknown Twitter 
names? Different students had 
different responses. Jen Strack 
'13, says that she follows the 
anonymous Tweeters because 
"Its fun and allows people to 
keep up on all of the gossip." She 
also says that "although gossip- 
ing is bad, @LVCgirlproblems 
is something girls at LVC can all 
relate to. And (o)rumors_edu_lvc 
is funny." 

Andrew Cooper '13 also 
thinks these Tweets are amus- 
ing, saying "they give me a good 
laugh when I see their new posts." 
He also thinks that the anonym- 
ity of the Tweets allows for the 
people behind them to "have the 
freedom to say what people really 

Although he does not have a 
Twitter, Stephen Simonian '13 
knows all about the anonymous 
Tweeters due to people talking 
about them all around campus. 
He says that he has "no problem 
with it, as long as it doesn't cross 
the line of being offensive." 

It seems that the LVC stu- 
dents follow these unknown 
Twitter names for the fun of it. 
The Tweets are funny and they 
are ones that students can easily 

relate to. These Tweets also allow 
LVC students to find out what is 
going on around campus that 
they may not be aware of unless 
they had read it on Twitter. Read- 
ing the Tweets also allows for a 
study break. 

This is even more than an 
LVC trend. Tweeters all over the 
word assume aliases on Twitter, 
such as (2)Lord_Voldemort7. As 
Lord Voldemort is a fictional 
character from Harry Potter, he 
is not actually Tweeting. Yet (a) 
Lord_Voldemort7 has 1,958,183 
followers. That s a lot of people 
reading Tweets from an unknown 

Clearly, Tweeters everywhere 
enjoy following anonymous 
Twitter names. It seems like an 
outlet for the Tweeters to say 
whatever is on their mind and 
for people to read them without 
knowing who is saying them, 
for fun. The Tweets are for en- 
tertainment purposes, and LVC 
students tend to get laughs out of 

The editors of La Vie Collegi- 
enne are not responsible for any 
inappropriate images or content 
posted in the Twitter feeds men- 
tioned in this article. These Twit- 
ter feeds do not reflect the opin- 
ions of La Vie or Lebanon Valley 
College, and students must read 
them at their own risk. 

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Corrections & Clarifications 

It is our continuing goal to provide readers with complete and accurate 
information. To that end, we welcome and encourage notification of 
any mistakes. Readers who wish to submit corrections should send an 
email to lavie(S), subject line: Corrections. 

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HARASSMENT: Policy reminders 

Continued from Page 1 

of sexual abuse that has occurred 
at the college should report it as 
soon as possible to one of the 
aforementioned offices as well the 
local police department, (Annville 
Police Department: 717-867- 
271 1). In an emergency, call 911. 

MacDonald also states that stu- 
dents and employees, "should take 
action to safeguard the victim if 
the circumstances allow" 

Victims of these incidents 
are urged to seek help from a list 
of confidential support options 
and other resources provided by 
the schools Sexual Misconduct 

Guide. It provides instructions for 
filling a formal complaint, request- 
ing for counseling support as well 
as providing a list of resources for 
victims in the Hershey/Lebanon 

This guide is available at: 
http : / / public-safe- 

Lebanon Valley College began 
working on a sexual misconduct 
policy and associated procedures 
earlier this year. In the future, the 
school will be discussing the new 
policy as well as its procedures 
concerning consultation with vari- 
ous groups. 

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La Vie Collegienne December 7, 2011 3 


Day With (out) Art increases AIDS awareness 

Natosha Kreamer '13 

La Vie Staff Writer 
"It's our generation's job to stop 
this epidemic in its tracks." That's 
how senior art education major, 
Nicole Mandrodt, feels about 
AIDS and she is actively involved 
in making that happen. During 
this semester, numerous students 
enrolled in Dr. Erskine's disciplin- 
ary perspective AIDS class learned 
about the disease. Because Dr. 
Erskine requires that the students 
participate in an active project for 
the semester, many participated in 
World AIDS Day on December 1 
to raise awareness of the disease 
by setting up educational tables, 
while others participated in the 
AIDS walk in October. Even the 

Women's Services and Gender Re- 
source center got involved by hold- 
ing a candlelight vigil to honor and 
remember those whose lives have 
been affected by AIDS while Free- 
dom Rings showed the movie Rent. 

Mandrode, however, opted to 
do something a little different than 
fliers or educational tables. She ac- 
tively used her artwork, previously 
displayed on the walls of Lynch, by 
moving them to easels in the lobby 
and covering them with black fab- 
ric. She was making a statement 
specifically for the Day With(out) 
Arts, something close to her heart 
because of her field of study. 

The first Day With(out) Art was 
held on December 1, 1989 as a na- 
tional day of action and mourning 

in response to the AIDS crisis. On 
that day, museums were shut down 
and their staff members were sent 
to volunteer in some type of AIDS 
service. Covering her artwork, 
Mandrode actively contributed 
to this day to how HIV/ AIDS can 
affect the arts: visually, musically, 
and theatrically. 

"By covering my paintings, I 
hope people can see that this af- 
fects all aspects of lives, even the art 
work. Music, art, writing, and the- 
atrics are a huge part of students' 
lives. They need to understand that 
this is no longer a 'gay male' epi- 
demic. This is a disease that affects 
every one of all backgrounds and 



GREEK: Greek organizations fight media stereotypes 

Continued from Page 1 

boys and bad students largely re- 
sult from media depictions, such 
as in Animal House, American Pie 
and Old School. Glenny says that 
these movies generate opinions 
that members of Greek Life live to 
drink and party. "We've developed 
a lot since the 1970s," Glenny says. 
Gardiner admits that these stereo- 
types have real-life precedents, but 
that persons should not view the 
whole organization with contempt 
because of the actions of one per- 
son. Stephanie Hostetter, an AST 
sister, says that she takes pride in 
being in a sorority and defends 
sororities and fraternities when 
they're criticized. 

However, many LVC members 
believe that Greek organizations 
promote a good self-image on cam- 
pus. Kathryn LaChance, a member 
of APO, believes that LVC students 
and faculty harbor no negative 
views towards brothers and sisters. 
As well they shouldn't, she contin- 
ues, because all Greek members 
do community service and keep 
their grades up. Leah Leddy says 
that Residential Life "encourages a 
wide variety of applicants [includ- 
ing sisters and brothers] for the 
RA position to keep the staff well- 
rounded and representative of the 
campus community." While Chap- 
lain Fullmer states that as a whole, 
Greek organizations have a good 
reputation on campus, he also feels 
that these organizations are some- 
times afraid to let non-members 
participate in service projects due 
to the solidarity between members. 

Whether or not a negative im- 
age of Greek Life persists at LVC, 
all interviewees mentioned how 
the community service and the per- 
sonal benefits that result from be- 
ing a brother or sister outweigh any 
stigmas attached to being a Greek. 
In high school, LaChance viewed 
sororities and fraternities as a nega- 
tive thing, but when she came to 
LVC, she joined APO because 
she wanted to participate in their 
service projects. Furthermore, she 
says, "I connect with all the people 
in APO. By joining APO, I found 
a place at LVC where I belong." 
Hostetter said that she became an 
AST sister because she wanted to 
be more involved on campus; as a 
sister, Hostetter has worked with 
Habitat for Humanity to build 
houses for the needy and has trick- 
or-treated for canned goods for the 
Ronald McDonald House. Chap- 
lain Fullmer says that no fraterni- 
ties or sororities are purely "social" 
anymore because they have all in- 
corporated the key value of com- 
munity service. "Their community 
service advances their reputation," 
Fullmer says, "because they don't 
just say service, they show it." 

Though LVC's brothers and sis- 
ters perform much community ser- 
vice, Glenny and Fullmer express 
concern that Greek organizations 
do not promote their commu- 
nity service as well as they should. 
Fullmer feels that Greek service 
projects are often not promoted 
enough beforehand to attract 
non-members to join in the proj- 
ects. "It's always good to get the 

news out. I want them to share the 
good news of community service," 
Fullmer states. "There's a lot of 
good works that people never hear 
about." Glenny says that Greek or- 
ganizations need to be more open 
to other students to promote their 
service efforts and their self-image. 
On the other hand, LaChance be- 
lieves that Greek organizations al- 
ready make students, faculty and 
staff well aware of their community 

Both Greek organizations and 
the greater LVC community can 
promote a positive view of Greek 
Life on campus. Glenny and Gar- 
diner suggest that an integration of 
Greek organizations backed by the 
college will produce a more knowl- 
edgeable and accurate view of 
Greek life. According to Gardiner, 
this integration is most prominent 
in the Greek Council, in which 
Director of Residential Life Jason 
Kuntz and two members of each 
fraternity and sorority meet to dis- 
cuss Greek activity on campus and 
community service. 

Fullmer suggests that Greek 
organizations should use MyLVC 
to promote their service projects 
and encourage students to lend 
their support. However, Hostetter 
believes that LVC students must 
learn to accept Greek organiza- 
tions for what they are, or they will 
perpetuate negative stereotypes. 
Thus, fraternities, sororities, and 
the greater LVC community must 
work together to promote a posi- 
tive image of Greek Life. 

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LVC welcomes French Club 

Sarah Frank '14 

Circulation Manager 

Some people say that French 
is a dying language and that soon 
it will no longer be a part of mod- 
ern society. But, this is not true 
here at Lebanon Valley College. 
Just recently a new club emerged 
in response to the fact that there 
was a German Club and a Span- 
ish Club but no French Club. 
The idea is that French Majors 
should have a place that they 
can go to meet other people like 
them. The club may just be get- 
ting started, but President Han- 
nah Free and Vice President Em- 
ily Lefin are looking into hosting 
cultural events. These events 
might include trips to French res- 
taurants, hosting socials where 
food and fun prevail and, maybe 
if there is enough interest, they 
are looking into hosting cooking 

classes based on French cuisine. 
"French Club aims to promote 
a cultural understanding of 
francophone countries through 
the use of the sights, sounds, 
and tastes of France," proclaims 
the club's mission statement. 

While the club was created 
for French majors, you don't 
have to speak French to join 
(though Elementary and In- 
termediate French students 
get extra credit for attending). 
Usually, the club meets every 
Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the 
Lynch Common Area, but they 
also hold special events like the 
viewing of a French Christmas 
movie that Professor Braem 
refers to as "cute." That movie 
will be showing Thursday, No- 
vember 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Nei- 
dig-Garber, and it is open to the 
whole campus. 


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A pack of holiday cards 
ranges from $5 to $20 de- 
pending on where you go and 
how many there are inside the 
packaging. Recall your favorite 
moment together or everything 
you've done within the past 
year. Thank them for being a 
part of your life. Regardless of 
what you say (as long as it ' s not 
negative), the recipient will ap- 
preciate that you have thought 
of them in this special time. 

Home-baKed CooKies Candy 

If you buy enough ingredi- 
ents, you can make more than 
one batch of cookies. Place a 
handful on a paper plate with 
aluminum foil and you have 
gifts for all of your friends and 
family. Plus, depending on the 
content of your parents ' pan- 
try, you might not even need 
to buy a single ingredient! 

Valley's Voices: 

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

rissa Hernan 


Digital Communications 

"My dad and I cook the whole "Playing ice hockey with my 
Christmas meal for my very large friends and family on Christmas 
family." Eve." 

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English Com 


"Having all of my family mem- 
bers over for Christmas Eve." 

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igital Communications 

"Making cookies with my 

All you have to do is spend 
$1 on a king size candy bar 
at a dollar store, slap a bow 
on the front of it, and hand 
it to the chocolate lover in 
your life. It'll be gone within 
a few minutes, but those few 
minutes will be blissful, and 
your recipient is sure to be 
extremely thankful. 

Mix CDs/Tapes 

Although it seems corny, 
a mix CD is both cheap and 
sentimental. This gift could 
be given to anyone that en- 
joys music. You could even 
try to be a little creative and 
apply themes, like friendship, 
dancing or nature. If you 
have some more time on your 
hands, make a book with lyr- 
ics to go with it. 

Gift Cards 

When in doubt, get a gift 
card. Gift cards are avail- 
able for any retailer and for 
any amount. Wal-Mart and 
Amazon gift cards allow the 
recipient to buy just about 
anything they want. Other 
favorites include iTunes and 

Compiled by 

TRADITIONS: LVC celebrates variety of religious holidays 

Compiled by 
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Continued from Page 1 

Levko recently participated 
in the Hindu Diwali celebration 
with other members of the Leba- 
non Valley community. "Person- 
ally, the celebration re- 
minded me a lot of home. 
While neither my family 
nor myself, is of that par- 
ticular tradition, a lot of 
people in my hometown 
are, and it was a reminder 
of the diversity I grew up 
around/' she explains. 

The event consisted of 
traditional Indian appetiz- 
ers, live Bollywood music, 
dinner, and a marking of 
the holiday, a celebration 
of light in darkness. "It 
was also a reminder of 
the communities that are 
often looked over in so- 
ciety. There was a strong 
celebration taking place 
and the neighbors prob- 
ably didn't even know it," 
she adds. 

Wiccan Study Group 
member, sophomore Charelle 
Bryant, plans to attend the Yule 
Ritual. She believes it is impor- 
tant for LVC to offer holiday cel- 
ebrations for more religions than 

Bryant explains, "All faiths can 
have wonderful impacts on those 
who practice them. Even though 
the majority of the people on 
this campus are Christian, if only 
Christian celebrations were of- 

derstanding when we acknowl- 
edge faiths other than our own. 
The Christian community on 
campus, for this reason, can also 
benefit from non-Christian cele- 
brations, both to learn something 
new and celebrate a 
very community-ori- 
ented season with their 
non-Christian friends. 
Offering a variety of 
religious activities on 
campus is not only ex- 
tremely empowering 
as well as spiritually 
beneficial to religious 
minorities on campus, 
but also educational 
and perfect for foster- 
ing a sense of commu- 
nity and togetherness." 

Holidays Around The 
World, sponsored by 
the Office of Multicul- 
tural Affairs, Friendship 
House and Residential 
Life, is a great opportu- 
nity to explore holiday 
E traditions of different 

fered, it would reduce the sense 
of community and spiritual ex- 
pression for those who do not 
practice that religion. In addi- 
tion, all of us as humans increase 
our knowledge and cultural un- 

religious and cultural backgrounds. 
This event will be held Thursday, 
December 8, from 5 to 6p.m. at the 
Friendship House, 104 College Ave. 


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Andrew Veirtz '12 

A&E Editor 

When I put the black and sil- 
ver DVD into my computer for 
the first time, even I didn't expect 
what kind of experience The El- 
der Scrolls V: Skyrim would of- 
fer to me. I had been a fan of the 
series for years, since the third 
installment, Morrowind. I always 
thought that the fourth install- 
ment, Oblivion, was a great but 
flawed entry in the series that 
didnt live up to its predeces- 
sor. With the release of Skyrim in 
the beginning of November, my 
thoughts were clear: Skyrim takes 
what was best about both of the 
previous installments in the series 
and makes them better, crafting 
a living, breathing world stuffed 
with so much to see and and do 
that it's a little overwhelming. The 
game is not without flaws, though. 
The games visuals are all over the 
place, animation bugs are present, 
and a few other rusty spots mar 
this otherwise incredible game. 

The real star of Skyrim is, of 
course, the game world itself. The 
first time you really come out 
of a cave and look around at the 
sprawling scenery will take your 
breath away. Misty mountains 
dot the horizon, snow covered 
trees and rocks line the path, and 
a multitude of bugs, hawks, deer, 
foxes, wolves, and the occasional 

The Cider Scrolls V: Skgrim 

bear prowl through the woods. 
The land is rugged and unforgiv- 
ing, but at the same time intensely 
beautiful. Each of the holds in 
Skyrim (think of them like the dif- 
ferent states' or counties' Skyrim, 
each with their own capitals and 
boundary lines) has a distinct feel 

to it: the Rift is an autum- 

nal wooded area chock full 
of lakes and fallen leaves, 
while the Pale is a quiet 
snowy landscape near the 
sea, the Reach is a rocky, 
mountainous area with cit- 
ies carved right out of the 
mountainsides Skyrim has 
a much more epic feel to its 
landscape than Oblivion or 
Morrowind had, as just the 
mere sight of the College of 
Winterhold seated precari- 
ously over the icy waters of 
the sea of Ghosts is totally 
breathtaking. And these 
sights are visible from 
miles away, as Skyrim's new 
Creation engine has no problem 
with rendering this huge world all 
at once. 

As much as the gameworld has 
improved, the combat system has 
had similar strides in quality. Sky- 
rim has adopted a "two hand" sys- 
tem similar to that found in Bio- 
shock, where the player can place 
different weapons, spells, staves, 
or shields into each hand. You 
can choose to wield a sword and a 

shield, which would give you extra but in many different forms. You 
protection and the ability to block can shoot a continuous gout of fire 
and even bash your opponents, to fry your enemies to a crisp, or 

Instead you could opt to wield 
a spell and a weapon at the same 
time, burning your foes as well as 
smashing them over the head with 
mace. Practically any combination 

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you can shoot enemies with ici- 
cles, or cast bolts of lightning that 
can jump to other enemies close 
by. The types of spells are many 
and varied, and while spellmaking 
is not present, it is a welcome 
trade because each spell has its 
own distinct feel, and they feel 
powerful. But most of all, being 
a mage is fun. 

With these combat tac- 
tics in tow, there is a lot to do 
in Skyrim. In all there are six 
main quest lines to finish: the 
main quest involving the drag- 
ons, the civil war in Skyrim 
between the Empire and the 
rebel Stormcloaks, the Com- 
panions quests, the College of 
Winterhold, the Thieves Guild, 
and the Dark Brotherhood, an 
assassin's guild. Each of these 
are about as long and involving 
j as any other game's main quest, 
is feasible, which allows for lots There are also a staggering amount 
of customization in terms of play of side quests as well. Some may 
style. involve sabotaging a lighthouse 

No aspect of the combat has to wreck an incoming merchant 
improved as much as the spellcast- ship for its cargo, and others have 
ing system. Gone are the flowchart you do a task for a Daedric Prince 
number-crunching spells of the (the demons of The Elder Scrolls 
previous Elder Scrolls games; in- mythology) in return for a rare 
stead there are about 90 spells of- and powerful Daedric artifact. The 
fered to the player, and each has its quests in Skyrim are not generic 
own effect. The traditional fire, ice "fetch" quests; each one feels nat- 
and lightning spells are present, ural, fun, and most of all, unique. 

Skyrim is not without a few 
flaws, however. The visuals, while 
on a whole quite good, are in- 
consistent. Some rock and tree 
textures tend to be low-res, as do 
some of the armor textures. There 
are also some quirky animation 
bugs, with some of the kill ani- 
mation in combat having arms or 
shields or other body parts clip- 
ping through the bodies. Some of 
the dragons also tend to fly around 
backwards, while quite hilarious, 
tends to pull you out the experi- 
ence. I also had some issues with 
quests not triggering, one of which 
prevented me from buying one of 
the houses in the game. 

Skyrim is a self-contained 
world where the player is free to 
do just about anything they want. 
The experience is so much more 
polished and honed than previous 
Elder Scrolls games. The gameplay 
itself is much improved with bet- 
ter combat and a fun spell system. 
The world design is bar-none, and 
every location provides a sense 
of wonder. This is the best Elder 
Scrolls game, and the best RPG 
this year. When it comes down to 
it, Skyrim is an instant classic, and 
is well worth your money. Just be 
careful: your journey to Skyrim 
will envelop you and immerse 
you, and even weeks later you will 
still find yourself enthralled. 



Bored over break? Go see these flicks ! 

NickiShepski '14 

Features Editor 

The Sitter, comedy, opens 
12/9/11 - Directed by the same 
person that made Pineapple Ex- 
press, this movie stars Jonah Hill 
(Accepted, Superbad) as Noah, 
a suspended college student that 
lives at home with Mom. He is 
persuaded to babysit the neigh- 
bor kids, but while on duty he is 
invited to a party to have sex with 
his girlfriend. He foolishly takes 
the kids along and then soon 
becomes wrapped up in a wild 
goose chase across Manhattan 
with a group of drug dealers. 

New Year's Eve, romantic 
comedy, opens 12/9/11 - This 

movie comes from the same 
people that produced Valentine s 
Day in 2010 and follows a wide 
range of characters trying to find 
love on New Year s Eve. Like Val- 
entine's Day, it involves a cast of 
more than twenty well-known 
actors in several different states 
of romance, including Robert De 
Niro, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutch- 
er and Lea Michele. 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game 
of Shadows, action, releases 
12/16/11 - Robert Downey 
Jr. (iron Man) stars in this se- 
quel to the well-received Sher- 
lock Holmes of 2009, based on 
the novels written by Sir Arthur 
Conan Doyle. The sequel delves 
into the mysteries of Professor 

Moriarty, played by Jared Harris 
of AMC s Mad Men, who designs 
a murder that only Holmes can 
solve, which in turn is discov- 
ered to be a part of an even bigger 
mystery. Jude Law (Cold Moun- 
tain, The Holiday) returns as Dr. 
John Watson. 

The Adventures of Tintin, 
releases 12/21/11 - Based on the 
Belgian comic series of the same 
name, The Adventures of Tintin 
is Steven Spielberg s latest perfor- 
mance capture 3D film. Tintin, a 
young journalist and his dog dis- 
cover a model of a ship. A piece of 
parchment falls out of it, and then 
he is captured and held prisoner 
on a ship. He and the captain go 
on a journey to find other model 

ships that entangle the two in a 
never-ending adventure. 

The Girl With The Drag- 
on Tattoo, thriller, releases 
12/23/11 - Based off of Stieg 
Larsons novel of the same title, 
this movie follows a man named 
Blomkvist that is investigating 
a woman's disappearance and 
possible murder after more than 
thirty years. Daniel Craig (Casi- 
no Royale, Cowboys and Aliens) 
and Rooney Mara (The Social 
Network) lead. 

The Darkest Hour, sci- 
ence-fiction/horror, releases 
12/25/11 - What better way to 
celebrate the holidays than to 
experience a Russian alien inva- 
sion in 3D. The Darkest Hour 

stars Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, 
Into the Wild) and Olivia Thirlby 
(Juno) as citizens caught up in 
the invasion that decide to fight 
back against invisible creatures 
made of pure energy. 

Contraband, action, releases 
1/13/12- Chris Farraday, played 
by Mark Wahlberg (Shooter, The 
Fighter), had retired from a life 
of crime long ago, but when his 
brother-in-law gets caught up in 
a disaster drug deal, he is forced 
back into his old ways to resolve 
his brother-in-law s debt and save 
the lives of his family. Kate Beck- 
insale (Underworld, Click) co- 
stars as his wife. 

N. SHEPSKI nes002(S)lvc. 

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Walking through the 
social quad ; talk- 
ing to my peers in 
classes^ and listening to the news ; 
I've heard a lot of complaining about 
the upcoming holiday season. They 
are playing Christmas commercials al- 
ready? Walmart is decorated already? 
Thanksgiving hasn't even happened 

While the overwhelming amount 
of holiday cheer is used (improperly) 
as an annoying marketing device; a 
different sort of complaint lays heav- 
ily on my heart: I don't see any sign 
of holiday spirit on our campus. You 
know that feeling of holiday comfort: 
the longing to run through the snow 
to attack a friend with a snowball; 
to cuddle up on the couch watch- 
ing A Christmas Story with some hot 
cocoa. For the past two years ; I was 
never in the holiday spirit until a vital 
LVC tradition took place: Thanks- 
giving dinner. Because winter break 
takes up nearly all of December, it's 
rare that I get to feel "the Christmas 
spirit" with my best friends at school. 
Thanksgiving dinner sets me up to 
feel that warm fuzzy feeling when 
you just long to make snow angels in 
the social quad; and walk out to the 
freshmen parking lot to go sledding 
with laundry hampers (I can't be the 
only one who's done that). 

Perhaps because of the Mund 
construction; or perhaps because 

of some unknown budget change ; 
Thanksgiving dinner simply was not 
the same this year. While I both ad- 
mire and am entirely thankful for all 
the staff members who partook in 
this special event; something was miss- 

As a junior; I have experienced 
nearly every tradition our school 
has — Oktoberfest; Christmas at the 
Valley the march after winning an 
Albright football game, Dutchmen 
Day — and Thanksgiving dinner is 
still my favorite. Yes ; I even like it 
more than Dutchmen Day. 

For my first two Thanksgiving 
meals; my friends and I stood in line 
for an hour and a half in order to 
be sure to get a seat. The line even 
reached outside of the old Mund 
building; where students braved the 
cold weather in order to be served. 
Upon walking into West dining hall; 
our cafeteria was nearly unrecogniz- 
able. Tables were draped with white 
cloths; and formal dining-wear was 
placed on top of them: wine glasses; 
glass plates, actual silverware; and a 
giant basket of biscuits ; with a side 
of butter. A different member of 
the faculty / administration was the 
"server" for a set of tables. They took 
our drink orders (hot cider and wa- 
ter); and brought them out in pitch- 

Before being served our meal; 
Chaps gave an opening remark. 

He rejoiced in telling us a story of a 
past Thanksgiving at LVQ and then 
helped to lead a group prayer for all 
in the cafeteria. My friends and I held 
hands and closed our eyes ; absorbing 
an overwhelming feeling of thanks. 
During the first course (which was 
served directly to our tables by the 
servers); we enjoyed music from 
a choir group on campus. We all 
stuffed our faces with as much food 
as we could physically handle — and 
then ate pumpkin pie. As a commu- 
nity — no; as a family — we all sat ; ate ; 
and talked with friends; colleagues; 
members of the staff and faculty to 
rejoice and give thanks for the won- 
derful home we have at LVC. 

This year's tradition was extreme- 
ly different. My friends and I stood 
in line for an hour in order to be sure 
to get a seat; only to realize that the 
tradition; perhaps because of a lack 
of seating space ; was different. The 
tables that had once been elaborately 
decorated were set with paper turkey 
mats and paper cups. Our servers; 
as wonderful members of the LVC 
community were extremely nice; 
and you could tell that they wanted 
to keep the tradition alive — yet ; 
they didn't even serve us food to our 
tables. We walked up to the food 
stations and were served there. My 
friends and I waited to start eating; 
expecting open remarks and a prayer. 
Chaps was nowhere in sight. We 

wound up praying together as a table ; 
before eating. 

Everything and everyone just 
felt . . . rushed. Rather than holiday 
music; we listened to a student play 
modern songs ; such as hits from 
Adele and Maroon 5; on the piano. 
He was an excellent musician; but 
it had nothing to do with the holi- 
days. The entire service concluded in 
around a half of an hour. 

Now it may seem that my com- 
plaints are petty and perhaps they 
are ; a bit. The weak Thanksgiving 
dinner; however, threatens to wipe 
the tradition from the list of great 
LVC traditions; and this frightens 
me. The Thanksgiving dinner at LVC 
is about a lot more than just food. It's 
about togetherness. It's about a tra- 
dition that is beyond our time here 
at LVC; and it's a story that makes 
our school so much greater than all 
of those other schools. LVC is our 
home; and Thanksgiving dinner is 
perhaps the best physical embodi- 
ment of that feeling of community. 

I hope that in future years ; 
Thanksgiving dinner can be back to 
its former glory. At the moment; it 
feels as if some mythical Grinch stole 
LVC's holiday spirit; and like little 
Cindy Lou Who; I really want it back. 

Brittany Soda'13 

Quiet classrooms and unraised hands 

Cody Holt ' 13 
Tyler Reinbold '12 

Contributing Writers 

It happens every day and not only 
at LVC. The professor asks a question. 
A few eager hands shoot up. But only 
a few. Why is that? 

According to one LVC professor; 
only 20 percent of students are ready 
and willing participants in class dis- 
cussions. Another 60 percent require 
extra motivation; while the remaining 
20 percent just don't care. 

If you're a student; you've proba- 
bly seen classmates who barely twitch 
when the instructor asks a question. 
You could even be one of them. 

It's an alarming thought for faculty 
members who consider participation 
vital to the learning process. They say 
that students need to be able to take 
the material they learn in class and 
find a way to put it into their own 

Teachers often incorporate par- 

ticipation into the student's grade as 
motivation; yet students simply see 
it as another irritating class require- 
ment. What causes students to have 
this attitude? 

Ponder this for a moment: your 
teacher, an expert in their field; asks 
a question. What's your first impulse? 
Nine times out of ten ; it's to sit there 
quietly and nod your head for fear of 
challenging the all-knowing profes- 

Though some will deny it ; fear of 
challenging professors or classmates 
tends to halt class discussion. The first 
accepted opinion usually becomes 
the only one. 

One LVC professor called this the 
"congealed" opinion of the class ; hav- 
ing seen it happen himself. 

Confronting another student with 
an unfamiliar opinion can be uncom- 
fortable. Particularly when students 
have become so accustomed to com- 
municating electronically that speak- 
ing verbally to each other has become 

foreign to them. 

The fact that we live in a consumer 
culture where people are used to sim- 
ply getting what they pay for doesn't 
help either. People think if you pay for 
a sandwich; a new car, or Internet ser- 
vice; you better get it. 

But an education is different. A 
professor can't just pull one off the 
shelf and hand it to you. You've got 
put work into it ; too. 

All of these factors are strangling 
the life out of class discussion. Is there 
any remedy? 

Participation is ultimately the 
result of students; teachers ; and the 
environment they collectively create. 
It requires a well-established "culture" 
in the classroom that actively fosters, 
instead of merely encouraging; com- 
munication and discussion. 

Teachers can use "ice-breaker" 
exercises that put each student into 
direct contact with all of their class- 
mates. That initial contact with unfa- 
miliar people is usually the most un- 

comfortable; so getting this out of the 
way in the beginning will promote a 
feeling of safety and comfort where 
students are free to express them- 

Small group projects can build 
on this foundation. Not only does it 
compel discussion on a small scale 
through peer-review, but it can also 
help students prepare material for 
discussion in class so that they can 
engage in discussion with confidence. 

This confidence will grow even 
more if it is made clear that the discus- 
sion is not about finding and accept- 
ing the "correct" answer, but explor- 
ing and experimenting with diverse 

They need to know that it is safe 
to make mistakes; and that our worst 
mistakes are often our best opportu- 
nities to learn. 

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Men's Basketball 
vs Arcadia University 

L 67-69 
at Wilkes University 

L 74-82 

Women's Basketball 
vs Arcadia University 
W 75-44 

Men's Ice Hockey 
at University of Scranton 

L 4-5 (SOL) 
vs University of Delaware 
L 1-11 

Men's Track & Field 
at Ursinus College 
5th of 13 (48 points) 

Women's Track & Field 
at Ursinus College 
4th of 13 (41 points) 

For more results, 

Jim Monos 

Monos led 
the Dutch- 
men to 
their second 

Bowl win 
in the last 
three years 
this season, 
and finished 

with an 8-3 record. He produced 
one of the best offensive teams in 
the MAC, scoring 389 points and 
averaging 35 per game. 

Carol Miller 
Field Hockey 

In her first 
year as 
head field 
at LVC, 
team ended 
up with 
a 17-5 
record with 
an ECAC 
ship to 

round up the season. After starting 
off slow with a 0-3 record, her team 
made changes and bounced back to 
win the next 17 out of 19 games. 


Wednesday, 12/7 

Men's Basketball 
vs Lancaster Bible College 
7:30 p.m. 

Thursday, 12/8 

Women's Basketball 
at Brooklyn College 
8 p.m. 

Friday. 12/9 

Men's Ice Hockey 
vsTowson University 
7 p.m. 

Saturday. 12/10 

at King's College 
1 p.m. 

Track & Field 
at Dickinson Invitational 

For more team schedules, 

Season opener for T&F is a success 

Chloe Gunther '13 

La Vie Staff Writer 

Lebanon Valleys track and 
field team got off to a good start 
on Saturday during their first 
meet of the season at Ursinus 

The men finished fifth with 
48 points, while the women fin- 
ished fourth with 41. 

For the women, Alisha Farrell 
won the pole vault with a 2.90m 
clearance, her personal-best. 
She also placed second in the 
long jump at 4.91m. 

Two third place finishes 
came from Kristin Fitti-Hafer, 
running 8.20 in the 60-meter 
dash and a 9.57 in the 60-meter 
hurdles. Kelsey Wallen finished 
seventh in the 60-meter hurdles. 

Freshmen Tori Stramara and 
Mariah Smolka both had top- 
ten finishes. Stramara placed 
fourth in the triple jump, 9.44m, 
and Smolka threw 10.26m in the 
shot put, earning sixth place and 
fourth on LVC s all-time top- 10 


For the men, Darryl Sweeper 
came in second for the 60-meter 
hurdles at 9.12 and Parris Knox 
finished the 60-meter hurdles in 
third at 9.19. 

Nick D'Angelo placed sixth in 
the 5,000-meter run in 16:33.93. 

Erik Brandt and Caleb Wiley 
finished third and fourth, respec- 
tively, in the long jump. Brandt 
had a 6. 1 6m mark whereas Wiley 

had a 6.07m mark. They both 
finished in the top five for triple 
jump also, Wiley took second at 
12.24m and Brandt finished fifth 
at 11.78m. 

Mike Weir and Dominic Di- 
Angelis also added top 10 fin- 
ished in the pole fault. Weir 
placed fourth at 3.95m and Di- 
Angelis got ninth at 3.50m. 

C. GUNTHER cmg005(o) 

Women's basketball 
romps over Arcadia 

Alex Beard '14 

La Vie Staff Writer 

The Lebanon Valley wom- 
en's basketball team rode a hot 
streak into Saturday s matchup 
with winless Arcadia (0-5, 0-1 
CC), undefeated and topping 
the Commonwealth Conference 
scoring charts. 

The #8 Dutchmen (6-0, 2-0 
CC) got points from twelve dif- 
ferent players on the way to a 
more than comfortable 75-44 
drubbing of the Knights. Fresh- 
man guard Kiely Chaklos and 
junior forward Liz Borgia paved 
the way with ten points apiece 
and the Dutchmen went off on 
a flying 13-0 run to start the 

Junior guard Tierney Hiltz 
drained two three-pointers in 
the first half to help LVC take a 
42-18 lead into halftime. 

Arcadia woke up a bit in the 
second half, shooting 32 percent 

from the floor compared to 19 
percent in the first half, but LVC 
remained consistent, hitting 39 
percent of their field goals in the 
second half. 

Spurred on by an impressive 
34 points from the bench, the 
Dutchmen never looked wor- 
ried as sophomore Gab Vass 
poured in a career high eight 
points while junior center Re- 
nee Fritz, senior guard Caitlin 
Murphy and sophomore guard 
Caitlin Bach contributed seven 
of their own. 

Junior Guard Amanda Donia 
was a rock on defense, snatch- 
ing nine rebounds and pilfering 
three steals. Bach grabbed eight 
rebounds of her own. 

Press time couldn't allow for 
a recap of the women's game last 
night at Misericordia. 

The women will travel to 
New York City to take on Brook- 
lyn College on Thursday at 8pm. 

A. BEARD alb008(o) 

Men take tough loss 
against Wilkes 

Dan Callahan '14 

Sports Editor 

Their comeback wasn't 
enough for a victory Monday 

The LVC men's basketball 
team (5-3) lost a close game to 
Wilkes (6-1) by a score of 82- 

Playing without leading scor- 
er Danny Brooks '13, senior Joe 
Meehan stepped in to bucket 
the team-high 22 points with 
four assists, followed by Jordan 
Stewart '12 who scored 17 in 
the loss. Cameron Prince '12 
also added 12 points with seven 

Near the end of the first half 
with the game tied, the Colonels 
went on an 11-0 run to make the 
lead 13 at halftime. An early run 
in the following half mounted 
by three-pointers by junior Matt 
O'Brien and Stewart brought 
the score back within four 


The end of the game seemed 
decided by foul shots, as Stew- 
art hit two to make the deficit 
two points, but then Wilkes 
made two free ones at the oth- 
er end. LVC didn't convert on 
their next possession, and Wil- 
kes pulled out the win after go- 
ing 8-for-8 on free throws in the 
final minute. The Colonels also 
shot 59% from the floor. 

Lancaster Bible College will 
face off against the Dutchmen 
tonight at 7:30pm in the LVC 



Track & Field compete at Ursinus 
Page 7 

Women's Basketball 
topples Arcadia 
Page 7 


Congratulations to the fall sports teams on their great seasons 

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LEFT: The Dutchmen football team 
finished the season with an 8-3 
record. They won the ECAC South- 
west Bowl against Saint Vincent 
College. Ben Guiles was named the 
MAC Offensive Player of the Year. 

RIGHT: The field hockey team 
ended the season with an ECAC 
Championship, and a 17-5 record. 
They also went 5-1 in the confer- 
ence. Jocelyn Novak became the 
nation's D-III leader in points and 

LEFT: Volleyball made it to the 
NCAA first round, and won their 
fourth consecutive MAC Champion- 
ship. They ended up going 22-10 
overall. Jamie Hawk was named 
a D-III All-America Honorable 

RIGHT: The women went 13-6-3 
this season, and 5-1-1 in their con- 
ference. A tough end to the year in 
the CC finals and NCAA first round 
doesn't justify their accomplish- 
ments this year. Nicole Snyder was 
named the CC Player of the Year. 

LEFT: The men's soccer team fin- 
ished up the season with a shootout 
loss in the ECAC quarterfinals. 
They finished with a 12-8-1 record. 
Chris Hall and Kelly Hess were 
named to the first team AII-CC, 
and Travis Miller was named to the 
second team. 

RIGHT: They finished in the top 
ten in four of their meets in a great 
year for Eliott Bonds and Nick 

LEFT: The women's cross-country 
team had a successful year, finish- 
ing in the top six teams in four 
different meets. Cynthia Adams 
led the team, placing the highest in 
meets on the team. 


Dan Callahan '14 

Sports Editor 

This fall sports season was a 
very successful one for Dutchmen 

Combined, all LVC fall sports 
went 72-32-4. We crowned two 
ECAC Champs in football and field 
hockey, and volleyball won their 
fourth MAC Championship in a 

Overall, these sports teams ac- 
complished many team goals and 
finished their seasons strong. With 

every team having a winning record 
and very noteable victories, it only 
gets better here for these teams next 

Many seniors finished their ca- 
reers this fall and are graduating in 
the fall; good luck to them all.